Idaho CareLine: Dial 2-1-1 or 800-926-2588
Breastfeeding in a Globalized World:
Breastfeeding in a Globalized World, focuses attention on the barriers and benefits globalization creates in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding.
Idaho’s celebrations will focus on connections and partnerships critical to helping Idaho families’ breastfeed their infants for one year and beyond, as is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and health care organizations in Idaho, the United States, and throughout the world. These connections and partnerships are vital to building community-based support systems for new parents — beginning with systems that support, protect, and promote breastfeeding.
Barriers to Breastfeeding
Most women recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and value the protection from disease, bonding, and the multitude of other health benefits breastfeeding provides. Although women value these benefits, research shows that many perceive that barriers exist, keeping them from breastfeeding for as long as recommended and desired.
These perceived barriers include concerns about breastfeeding hurting; having to feed their baby if hungry when in public, which might be embarrassing; lack of support from family, friends, or health care providers; lack of confidence about making enough milk; and having to return to work or school.
Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Breastfeeding
Communities throughout Idaho are implementing strategies to help women and their families overcome their perceived barriers. Here a just a few ways Idaho organizations and communities are getting this done:
Mother-to-mother support groups are offered through LaLeche League; some WIC clinics; and many hospitals throughout Idaho.
www.GotMom.org — Created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to provide breastfeeding information and resources for mothers and families.